TROY – Troy University's Board of Trustees selected new leadership during its meeting July 22.
Gerald Dial was elected President Pro-Tempore and John Harrison was elected Vice-President Pro-Tempore. Sen. Dial succeeds long-time President Pro-Tempore Dr. R. Douglas Hawkins, a Troy veterinarian, who has served on the board since 1980. Dr. Hawkins was named President Pro-Tempore Emeritus.
"Dr. Doug Hawkins is an inspiration to all of us. The University has grown tremendously during his leadership on the board of trustees," said Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr., who is no relation to Dr. Doug Hawkins.
Chancellor Hawkins added that both Dial and Harrison are long-standing trustees who can continue the tradition of strong leadership on the board.
Dial, of Lineville, serves as state senator for District 13, and was first appointed to the board of trustees in November 1991. He was reappointed by Gov. Bob Riley to a 12-year term in 2009. He had previously chaired the trustees' Academic Affairs Committee and was Vice-President Pro-Tempore.
Harrison, of Luverne, is the State Superintendent of Banking, and a TROY alumnus. He is a former mayor of Luverne, and was executive director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Development. He was first appointed to the board of trustees in 1996 and reappointed in 2007. He has served on the board as chair of the Finance Committee.
"Sen. Dial and Superintendent Harrison are dedicated to the growth and progress of Troy University, and will have a significant impact on the University as we move forward," Chancellor Hawkins said.
The board's president is Gov. Robert Bentley. Dr. Joe Morton, the state superintendent of education and an ex-officio member of the board, was also recognized for his service to the board. Dr. Morton retires from his state post at the end of the month.